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Start Webbing The News! New York City becomes Infested--and eight million people are plagued! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come...you know the rest. Okay, sure we often say Peter Parker's life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we've never been more serious. This will change everything for Pete, Start Webbing The News! New York City becomes Infested--and eight million people are plagued! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come...you know the rest. Okay, sure we often say Peter Parker's life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we've never been more serious. This will change everything for Pete, for Spidey...and possibly for you! Look at it this way...if everyone's a Spider-Man...then no one is. As the brilliantly fearsome Jackal rises from the past and begins organizing an army of spider-powered soldiers, how can the heroes of NYC hope to contain millons of wall-crawling New Yorkers? Plus: A dangerous new role for Venom. And, nearly 50 years in the making, the story which must be read: J. Jonah Jameson: The Spectacular Spider-Mayor! Collecting: Amazing Spider-Man 666-673, Venom 6-8, Sider-Island: Deadly Foes, material from Spider-Island Spotlight and Amazing Spider-Man 659-660, 662-665


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Start Webbing The News! New York City becomes Infested--and eight million people are plagued! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come...you know the rest. Okay, sure we often say Peter Parker's life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we've never been more serious. This will change everything for Pete, Start Webbing The News! New York City becomes Infested--and eight million people are plagued! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come...you know the rest. Okay, sure we often say Peter Parker's life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we've never been more serious. This will change everything for Pete, for Spidey...and possibly for you! Look at it this way...if everyone's a Spider-Man...then no one is. As the brilliantly fearsome Jackal rises from the past and begins organizing an army of spider-powered soldiers, how can the heroes of NYC hope to contain millons of wall-crawling New Yorkers? Plus: A dangerous new role for Venom. And, nearly 50 years in the making, the story which must be read: J. Jonah Jameson: The Spectacular Spider-Mayor! Collecting: Amazing Spider-Man 666-673, Venom 6-8, Sider-Island: Deadly Foes, material from Spider-Island Spotlight and Amazing Spider-Man 659-660, 662-665

30 review for Spider-Man: Spider-Island

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Aside from over-exposure by putting the character in a 37 books at once, and making trillions of dollars worldwide on his image, the Spider-Man books are usually all about fun. Spider-Man quips his way through a bunch of rollicking adventures as he rescues his extended Spider family from any danger. They’re also about Peter Parker’s abysmal luck with everything involved with his daily life: money, women, Aunt May’s wheat cakes. And finally about honor. Spider-Man recognizes the enormity of his p Aside from over-exposure by putting the character in a 37 books at once, and making trillions of dollars worldwide on his image, the Spider-Man books are usually all about fun. Spider-Man quips his way through a bunch of rollicking adventures as he rescues his extended Spider family from any danger. They’re also about Peter Parker’s abysmal luck with everything involved with his daily life: money, women, Aunt May’s wheat cakes. And finally about honor. Spider-Man recognizes the enormity of his powers and because he was raised by loving people (see: Superman), it’s all about doing the right thing and using his spider-abilities for the common good. So what would happen if the island of Manhattan is now overrun with millions of people possessing new found Spider-powers? Okay, what else? And just who’s responsible for this madness? What the hell? The Jackal? The clone guy? Wait come back! He’s not such a bad guy. He’s one of Spider-Man’s funnier villains and he didn’t actually write the Clone Saga. He’s not the ultimate mover behind this, but he does his best to make sure that New York City just isn’t about Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Men and Women. The Superior Spider-Man has been Slott’s shining moment, but this storyline is where he really started to own the title. Remender’s Venom tie-in issues included here do a decent job of pumping up the action and giving Flash Thompson a fairly interesting back story as well. This is a whopper of a collection but it’s a quick read. There are other Spider Island titles out they're but there not necessary to the enjoyment of the storyline, which is pretty much self-contained here. I think I might be coming around to Ramos’ art, it captures Slott’s buoyant tone fairly well. Oh, who am I kidding, I hate this stylized crap. But this is cute: Cap Wolf -> -> (view spoiler)[ Cap Spider (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    When people all over New York starting waking up with Spider powers, including his girlfriend, Spider-Man swings into action. Soon, New York is infested with Spider-Men and the Avengers are called in. But what happens when everyone starts to mutate? And who is the source of the infection? And can Spider-Man stop the epidemic before it leaves Spider-Island? After my experience with Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection, I decided to dip my toes into another Spider-Man collection and this one so When people all over New York starting waking up with Spider powers, including his girlfriend, Spider-Man swings into action. Soon, New York is infested with Spider-Men and the Avengers are called in. But what happens when everyone starts to mutate? And who is the source of the infection? And can Spider-Man stop the epidemic before it leaves Spider-Island? After my experience with Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection, I decided to dip my toes into another Spider-Man collection and this one sounded great. Was it? Eh. The main concept itself was a really cool idea. People are granted Spider-powers and chaos ensues. Spider-Man and company race against impossible odds and fix everything with all the thrills of a summer block buster. What could go wrong? Well, my main gripe is that it was too long for what it was and hinged too much on too many ancillary Spider-characters, like Venom and Anti-Venom. Coupled with that, Humberto Ramos' art seemed rushed in about half of his pages. Also, it turns out I'm not a big fan of Rick Remender's writing. He's no Dan Slott, that's for sure. Now that I got the gripes out of the way, here's a ton of stuff that I liked: - Mary Jane with Spider-powers - J. Jonah Jameson with Spider-Powers - The Shocker with six arms - Kaine and Spidey teaming up to take on the main villain - Kaine's final fate - Reed Richards' involvment - Gravity and Firestar being referred to as Spider-Man's Amazing Friends - Shang Chi teaching Spidey kung fu - events from The Other storyline referenced, complete with organic web shooters - The Parker luck kicking in With rumors of Kaine stepping into Spider-Man's shoes after Amazing Spider-Man #700, I figured I should see where it all began. While it wasn't as good as Big Time, it was still fun. It's a high three.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aldo Haegemans

    Expected more from it But it was Still Good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The Jackal? Really? The Spider-Queen? Who is she? Everyone has spider-powers? More clones? Uhhhhh, no thanks. Another pointless overstuffed crossover event that left no impression whatsoever. 2/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Loved this story arc!!! Anti venom saving the day..who would have thought!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I'll give Dan Slott this much: he sticks by his motto of "just have fun." This is a big, crazy crossover event that only gets crazier as it progresses, but it never loses that sense of just doing whatever the next big, fun, ridiculously comic-booky thing is. Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of loose ends that all need tying up with whatever spare string is lying around, and some string that Slott just pulls out of thin air. So, here's the setup. The incredibly silly Spider-Man villain The Jacka I'll give Dan Slott this much: he sticks by his motto of "just have fun." This is a big, crazy crossover event that only gets crazier as it progresses, but it never loses that sense of just doing whatever the next big, fun, ridiculously comic-booky thing is. Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of loose ends that all need tying up with whatever spare string is lying around, and some string that Slott just pulls out of thin air. So, here's the setup. The incredibly silly Spider-Man villain The Jackal (a fuzzy green guy who looks and acts nothing like a jackal) has genetically engineered bed bugs to pass along spider powers to anyone they bite, much like the original spider that bit Peter Parker. He then spreads these bugs all over Manhattan, giving millions of people, good and bad, the ability to do pretty much everything Spider-Man can do. What follows is a continually escalating level of chaos that somehow manages to top itself at every turn. Marvel crossovers at large could learn a lot from this one. The central plot from Amazing Spider-Man flows pretty seemlessly with the additional issues of Venom, and I never felt like I was missing anything. There are a bunch of supplemental series and issues out there, which are not collected here, but I don't feel any need to read them, really. Everything is here, minus maybe a couple of small details that are easily filled in. The central part of a crossover should always be able to standalone the way this one does, and I applaud Slott and Remender for making it work here. In the end, though, Slott has to work pretty hard to resolve everything. While the action and plot mostly build outward organically, the end is just a bunch of things falling perfectly into place, and then a bunch of other things falling seemingly out of the sky, until the day is saved. This lazy plotting (along with Slott's occasionally corny, old-school dialogue) took me out of it a little bit. I got a little bored by the end, though I really enjoyed the first half or so. So, not a perfect crossover by any means, but a pretty solid one that I'd say is worth giving a shot. It sure beats the others Marvels crapped out in recent years.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I'm working my way through Dan Slott's run on Spider-Man, and at this point I "get" his writing: he just provides a fun, yet modern take on Spidey, still maintaining some of the hallmarks of early Spider-Man such as the Parker luck and complicated lifestyle. Over time he has brought Peter through ups and down, situations where he really doesn't know what to do but somehow still saves everyone. Spider Island is no different. There are some nice moments in here for Peter, some genuinely funny ones, I'm working my way through Dan Slott's run on Spider-Man, and at this point I "get" his writing: he just provides a fun, yet modern take on Spidey, still maintaining some of the hallmarks of early Spider-Man such as the Parker luck and complicated lifestyle. Over time he has brought Peter through ups and down, situations where he really doesn't know what to do but somehow still saves everyone. Spider Island is no different. There are some nice moments in here for Peter, some genuinely funny ones, and a few that just didn't work so well. Despite being a hardcore "early" Spider-Man fan I do enjoy most of Slott's stories. None of them have blown me away yet, but they almost always entertain me and that pretty much sums up how I felt about Spider Island.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Amazing. One of my favourite Spider-Man arcs, and probably my favourite Dan Slott Spider-Man story so far.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This is awesome. The outbreak of spider-powers among all of Manhattan sounds trite, but the way it evolves and gets out of control - and the way people just naturally *want* to keep the newfound powers - leaves me actually interested in how the smart guys will solve this crisis. Jameson's reactions are exactly how I've always imagined he'd respond - terrified, belligerent, lashing out - just the way we like old flat-top. Other than a few klangy lines to introduce people's names, Slott's writing is This is awesome. The outbreak of spider-powers among all of Manhattan sounds trite, but the way it evolves and gets out of control - and the way people just naturally *want* to keep the newfound powers - leaves me actually interested in how the smart guys will solve this crisis. Jameson's reactions are exactly how I've always imagined he'd respond - terrified, belligerent, lashing out - just the way we like old flat-top. Other than a few klangy lines to introduce people's names, Slott's writing is a great balance of fun, funny, serious and gravitas. Everyone feels like a full character (especially the Jackal, who's a nutjob but a loveably unique one). And for a story with so many subplots, Slott does a much better job than most Marvel events at keeping things balanced among the stories (letting them all build together) and still making sense (not feeling like there's essential off-camera action that is getting skipped over). Perhaps this is the way to run an event - let *one* creative team run the main throughline, and leave the the other teams to fill in the side dishes. Ramos' art is great for this - it's clean and easy to follow the voluminous action, and it's fun and light in ways that a Deodato or other realistic artists would really sour and darken this already tough-to-swallow plot. The Venom story is more of what Remender and Fowler have been doing in the Venom book so far - muddy ink-heavy dark art that makes it very hard to understand the movements during the fight scenes, brutally heart-wrenching character pounding on Flash who deals with his dying father and the amazingly awful childhood he endured, plus being pulled away from Betty in impossible-to-account-for circumstances (all while trying to deal with these deadly threats as the Venom agent).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Derrick

    Recently, I really enjoyed Spider-Man in the Daredevil & Punisher crossover story. I had been holding off on Spider-Man: Spider-Island, but I figured it would be time to give it a chance. I didn't love it, though. It started well, and it had its moments. (The final rooftop scene with Pete, Julia, and MJ was a highlight.) But it just all felt so silly and rushed. Peter's not bad here, though I struggled to put up with him after a few issues worth of story. Slott's laying on the joking so heavily. Recently, I really enjoyed Spider-Man in the Daredevil & Punisher crossover story. I had been holding off on Spider-Man: Spider-Island, but I figured it would be time to give it a chance. I didn't love it, though. It started well, and it had its moments. (The final rooftop scene with Pete, Julia, and MJ was a highlight.) But it just all felt so silly and rushed. Peter's not bad here, though I struggled to put up with him after a few issues worth of story. Slott's laying on the joking so heavily. Also, apparently Peter Parker is now a junior Reed/Tony, able to invent just about any magic gadget for the situation? I am sure Slott feels it's a logical progression for the character, who has always been a bit of a science whiz, but for me it just feels OFF. It makes him into a kind of Gary Stu. Carlie's a horrible character. She reminded me of Bones -- we're constantly told how smart and clever and all around awesome she is. Tiresome. And Norah Winters was just too teenybopper - this is not the kick butt Lois Lane from Rucka's Punisher.I think what hurt both of these characters and most of the story was the cartoony artwork. I see what they wanted: A whimsical, almost anime feel. I just found it to be too stylized, and it ultimately became a distraction . I could overlook the lack of substance and the messiness because it was just not fun enough for me. I think I had better stick with Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 3 or some of the Masterworks. A lot of folks really dug it, but this one is not for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    This is pretty much what a big summertime Marvel event is supposed to be. The story is big and loud - New Yorkers start waking up with surprise spider-powers, which seems like a lot of fun and soon takes a dark turn. Spider-Man punches a lot of bad guys but also uses his brilliant mind to fight them with Science, and there are plenty of guest stars making welcome appearances. The art, especially by Humberto Ramos (one of my favorites), is energetic and bright, in keeping with the summer popcorn This is pretty much what a big summertime Marvel event is supposed to be. The story is big and loud - New Yorkers start waking up with surprise spider-powers, which seems like a lot of fun and soon takes a dark turn. Spider-Man punches a lot of bad guys but also uses his brilliant mind to fight them with Science, and there are plenty of guest stars making welcome appearances. The art, especially by Humberto Ramos (one of my favorites), is energetic and bright, in keeping with the summer popcorn feel of the story, and the Venom crossover issues tie into the main story in a logical and meaningful way. I did feel a bit behind sometimes as a lapsed Spider-Man reader (I don't think I've read his titles consistently since.. shortly after the Clone Saga? But my brother was kind enough to catch me up as much as possible when he loaned me his copy of this book), but the main story points are explained well enough that new readers should be just fine. No, this book isn't going to change your life, but if you're interested in reading a comic book story that's just big and a lot of fun without getting too serious, this is certainly a nice way to pass your time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Not a big fan of how Dan Slott writes Peter Parker and how things don’t feel like they really matter this was a decent story i had fun but I really didn’t care that much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesting idea I guess, but 400 pages was too long to spend on it. All the Venom parts could have been heavily condensed to make this more enjoyable/to avoid switching between so many main characters. Only getting 2 stars instead of 1 because I got to see Mary-Jane Watson have spider powers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    As is normally the case with Dan Slott's Spiderman work, this was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of the character, though I think Spider-verse is better. But by the end I was just thinking, god why isn't he just with Mary-Jane? As is normally the case with Dan Slott's Spiderman work, this was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of the character, though I think Spider-verse is better. But by the end I was just thinking, god why isn't he just with Mary-Jane?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Not entirely sure who came up with the idea to turn everyone in New York into Spider-Men and Women but I wished I was at that Marvel board meeting to turn that idea down. I feel bad for Marvel, recently their usual major story lines have been pretty stale just take a look at Fear Itself but at least that book had Stuart Immomen whereas Spider-Island had Caselli and Ramos. Now I do enjoy Ramos' artwork but his jagged edged characters couldn't bring life to this story. The idea was stupid so natur Not entirely sure who came up with the idea to turn everyone in New York into Spider-Men and Women but I wished I was at that Marvel board meeting to turn that idea down. I feel bad for Marvel, recently their usual major story lines have been pretty stale just take a look at Fear Itself but at least that book had Stuart Immomen whereas Spider-Island had Caselli and Ramos. Now I do enjoy Ramos' artwork but his jagged edged characters couldn't bring life to this story. The idea was stupid so naturally the execution was difficult and resulted in failure. A spider queen? That's telepathic? I know were reading comic books but lately new villains seem to be put together from the Super-Villain Bargain Bin and lack any real malevolence. It's like the creators were trying to put together something really bad-ass and ended up with something mediocre. There are tons of ways to improve this story line from a blockbuster epic to a meaningful one like X-men Messiah Complex but unfortunately the authors didn't take those steps. Pick it up for a good chuckle at the villainess otherwise leave it on the shelf. Oh didn't even comment on the green, furry goblin. Oh yeah there's a green, furry goblin in it. Don't ask.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a must-read for any Spider-Man fan. The whole city has Spider-Man's powers and Peter Parker isn't so special any more. Suddenly he realises what it's like to be left out in the cold, as others fling webs and take out the bad guys - telling him to "stay safe" and "let the professionals handle this". True to the characters, gripping plot-arc, great and witty writing, Spider Island also had a good few adult jokes to add an extra level to this story. This will be up there with one of my favo This is a must-read for any Spider-Man fan. The whole city has Spider-Man's powers and Peter Parker isn't so special any more. Suddenly he realises what it's like to be left out in the cold, as others fling webs and take out the bad guys - telling him to "stay safe" and "let the professionals handle this". True to the characters, gripping plot-arc, great and witty writing, Spider Island also had a good few adult jokes to add an extra level to this story. This will be up there with one of my favourite Spidey tales. There's no need to go back and do any extra reading to understand this, it's an accessible and intelligent glimpse into Peter's life and a lot of adventure and action. The sub-plots are heart-wrenching and I did shed a few tears while reading Spider Island, especially where Flash is concerned. There's also angst, drama, pain and Peter having to be bigger than everyone else, accepting his lot and realising that - like a real bug - he's destined to be stood on. And yet, he still finds those little moments when people are grateful, they see his sacrifice and they know he's on their side.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    One day Spider-Man wakes up and discovers that ALL residents of Manhattan have spider powers. I kid you not. In fact, their spider powers are better than those of the real SM. They have built-in web shooters, some of them are stronger, and they have the spidey sense that Peter Parker recently lost (SEE ASM #654 (you have no idea how long I've been waiting to say that!)). Imagine waking up and seeing that everything you thought made you special was now possessed by literally EVERY other person in One day Spider-Man wakes up and discovers that ALL residents of Manhattan have spider powers. I kid you not. In fact, their spider powers are better than those of the real SM. They have built-in web shooters, some of them are stronger, and they have the spidey sense that Peter Parker recently lost (SEE ASM #654 (you have no idea how long I've been waiting to say that!)). Imagine waking up and seeing that everything you thought made you special was now possessed by literally EVERY other person in Manhattan. What really works about the story is that it could easily devolve into madcap wildness and people just swinging around. And there's some of that, don't worry. But instead of dwelling on Peter Parker being mopey and not feeling special, which doesn't even happen for the most part, what we get is a lot of seeing how spider powers change the way that people feel about Spider-Man. How his loved ones come to understand him differently, how his enemies do too, and asking the question about the difference between Spider-Men and the Amazing Spider-Man.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    The good: some satisfying emotional beats, good dialogue, Venom issues were well drawn, and some exciting climaxes The bad: terrible art from Humberto Ramos in the ASM issues, an uninspired plot, a lack of cool heroic moments, and it was occasionally boring. There’s also a few too many logical leaps, even for Marvel. I really don’t like multiple spider-men. I like spider-man being the only spider-person. This had a lot of spider-people. The interpersonal relationship stuff was solid. Dan Slott do The good: some satisfying emotional beats, good dialogue, Venom issues were well drawn, and some exciting climaxes The bad: terrible art from Humberto Ramos in the ASM issues, an uninspired plot, a lack of cool heroic moments, and it was occasionally boring. There’s also a few too many logical leaps, even for Marvel. I really don’t like multiple spider-men. I like spider-man being the only spider-person. This had a lot of spider-people. The interpersonal relationship stuff was solid. Dan Slott does that really well. His problem is that all too often, he’s like “well, it’s comics! May as well have the most absurd plot ever. Who cares. It’s comics.” It made some of the developments a bit grating. Let me reiterate that Ramos’ art really is almost unreadable. Anyway, it is what it is. Not the worst, but your chances of loving it are slim

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sevki

    Spider-Man is my favourite super hero, which is why I still continue reading this Vol.2 era of "Amazing" but the stories are just... Bad. Real bad. Many people praised Slott for his work but after the maturity of Straczynski stories, these volumes are just for children. Nothing remains the same. Dead come back. Everything happens for random reasons, and the past stuff that are supposed be affecting present/future are just not there anymore. (I know this is standard Marvel, but that does not mean Spider-Man is my favourite super hero, which is why I still continue reading this Vol.2 era of "Amazing" but the stories are just... Bad. Real bad. Many people praised Slott for his work but after the maturity of Straczynski stories, these volumes are just for children. Nothing remains the same. Dead come back. Everything happens for random reasons, and the past stuff that are supposed be affecting present/future are just not there anymore. (I know this is standard Marvel, but that does not mean we have to like it or put up with it.) Maybe I got too old for these comis but since I saw what Straczynski can do with Spidey, Waid with Daredevil, and Aja with Hawkeye etc., I just want to read new quality stories, not bad repetitions. 6 more volumes before "Superior". I am not even sure if I will read it. Sigh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Wowie, what a book! The Jackal and the Queen give everyone in Manhatten Spider-powers. And then turn them into giant spiders. Perhaps it's a bit silly but the scale is pretty huge. It has some fights in it, lots of laughs, many from Spidey himself and a fair few from the Thing too, and is much more than Spiderman just saving the day. It tests everything it means for him to have spider-powers. It's Peter Parker using his powers that saves the day, not the powers themselves. Overall, great art and Wowie, what a book! The Jackal and the Queen give everyone in Manhatten Spider-powers. And then turn them into giant spiders. Perhaps it's a bit silly but the scale is pretty huge. It has some fights in it, lots of laughs, many from Spidey himself and a fair few from the Thing too, and is much more than Spiderman just saving the day. It tests everything it means for him to have spider-powers. It's Peter Parker using his powers that saves the day, not the powers themselves. Overall, great art and a great story which was not only exciting but was important for Spider man. I hope the Ends of the Earth arc is as good as this one! Oh and the Venom issues including in the book were surprisingly awesome too so I might have to go and read some more Venom now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hasbrouck

    A massive crossover adventure story with NYC under siege by the creepy army of bed bugs, created by The Jackal , yes he who created all those clones many years ago. These bed bugs cause the good citizens of the city to first gain the powers of Spider-Man and then mutate into giant spiders! Good Peter needs a lot of help and he does....Venom(Flash Thompson), Anti-Venom, the Thing, Reed Richards, the Avengers, the gang of young scientists, one clone, the annoying Madame Web(I can see the future, b A massive crossover adventure story with NYC under siege by the creepy army of bed bugs, created by The Jackal , yes he who created all those clones many years ago. These bed bugs cause the good citizens of the city to first gain the powers of Spider-Man and then mutate into giant spiders! Good Peter needs a lot of help and he does....Venom(Flash Thompson), Anti-Venom, the Thing, Reed Richards, the Avengers, the gang of young scientists, one clone, the annoying Madame Web(I can see the future, but I will not tell you about it! eck!) and the delightful M.J. Watson. Dan Slott's writing keeps the action moving, the jokes coming at a fast pace and love of the Big Apple shows through out. One of great running jokes, is how the Spider-Mobile is mocked at every turn.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    I never used to like Spidey, but without ever making the change implausible, Dan Slott has gradually made him less of a schmuck - and emphasised, all along, that his spider-powers are one of the least interesting things about him. Which comes to a head here, when the entire population of New York gets the same powers. Unlike a lot of recent event comics, this feels like a story one writer wanted to tell, rather than some nonsense cooked up in marketing. Which is ironic, given Slott has admitted I never used to like Spidey, but without ever making the change implausible, Dan Slott has gradually made him less of a schmuck - and emphasised, all along, that his spider-powers are one of the least interesting things about him. Which comes to a head here, when the entire population of New York gets the same powers. Unlike a lot of recent event comics, this feels like a story one writer wanted to tell, rather than some nonsense cooked up in marketing. Which is ironic, given Slott has admitted it was something he came up with when asked to plug a hole in the event schedule. Still, not bad at all.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

    The best Spider-man story in years. Though at it's length, it could have had a few more twists and turns. The best Spider-man story in years. Though at it's length, it could have had a few more twists and turns.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Amazing Spider-Man (2) #559-560, #662-673, Venom (2) #6-9, and Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 (June 2011-January 2012). The Jackal has unleashed a new horror on Manhattan that could threaten the entire world. People are suddenly gaining the powers of Spider-Man, and with these powers comes “no” responsibility. While some with powers become heroes, others become villains and it is up to Spider-Man and the other heroes of Manhattan to stop the virus and save the city. Unfortunately, Jackal Reprints Amazing Spider-Man (2) #559-560, #662-673, Venom (2) #6-9, and Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 (June 2011-January 2012). The Jackal has unleashed a new horror on Manhattan that could threaten the entire world. People are suddenly gaining the powers of Spider-Man, and with these powers comes “no” responsibility. While some with powers become heroes, others become villains and it is up to Spider-Man and the other heroes of Manhattan to stop the virus and save the city. Unfortunately, Jackal has some of his own tricks up his sleeve and a secret backer that could be an even greater danger. Written by Dan Slott with additional writing by Fred Van Lente and Christos Gage, Spider-Man: Spider-Island was an event series in Slott’s long Spider-Man run. Following Spider-Man: The Return of Anti-Venom, the collection also collects Rick Remender’s Venom tie-in issues (November 2011-December 2011) and the one-shot Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 (October 2011) and features art by Barry Kitson, Lee Garbett, Scott Hanna, Emma Rios, Max Fiumara, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio, Minck Oosterveer, Stafano Caselli, Humeberto Ramos, and Tom Fowler. Issues in the collection were also featured in Spider-Man: Big Time—The Complete Collection Volume 2. Spider-Island was where I initially thought about going back to Slott’s Spider-Man after dropping it during the first part of his run. I was hearing a lot of buzz about the event series, and the series was bringing in characters that I like (like Shang-Chi, the second Spider-Woman, and Cloak & Dagger). I tried to read Spider-Island cold…and failed miserably. Returning to Spider-Island as I catch up on some of Slott’s read, I find the basic premise of the story interesting, but I’m not much into how it is told. The basic concept is goofy. You have the Jackal’s big plan to infect the whole city with Spider-Man powers (secretly for the Spider-Queen)…and then what? Being a supervillain, it doesn’t necessarily mean his choices are smart, but it seems like a lot of work to get to this point and the logistics of containing an infection in the New York City area is almost impossible. This raises a comic book problem which is especially prevalent now. Comic books want it both ways. They say that old style comics are too cartoony and not realistic enough, but they continue to use characters that dress up like animals and give cartoon plots that lack logic. It feels like Spider-Island wants to be fun, but attempts to make it “real” take a lot of the fun out…likewise, the realism of the story hurts the fun of the characters involved. Spider-Man: Spider-Island isn’t awful, but it also isn’t very impressive. I wasn’t a fan of a lot of Slott’s supporting cast and this volume relies on that supporting cast a lot. I love the character of Spider-Man, and I miss Spider-Man…I realize you can’t necessarily “go-back”, but it would be nice to find a happy medium between modern comics and the great runs of the past. Spider-Man: Spider-Island was followed by Spider-Man: Flying Blind.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    This came my way and I thought I'd give it a try. The story is chaotic, but thoroughly enjoyable, which is a description you could also apply to Humberto Ramos' art. Not strong enough to encourage me to buy into the new Spidey world, but diverting for a few hours. So...is Spider-Man: Spider-Island an absolute classic? Not really. There are some nagging flaws (still can't stand the ridiculous Jackal or the unlikeable Carlie), but there's great dialogue and humour to be found here, and although Dan This came my way and I thought I'd give it a try. The story is chaotic, but thoroughly enjoyable, which is a description you could also apply to Humberto Ramos' art. Not strong enough to encourage me to buy into the new Spidey world, but diverting for a few hours. So...is Spider-Man: Spider-Island an absolute classic? Not really. There are some nagging flaws (still can't stand the ridiculous Jackal or the unlikeable Carlie), but there's great dialogue and humour to be found here, and although Dan Slott's story is a little too ambitious, it's nevertheless great fun; something I haven't found in a Spider-Man graphic novel for quite some time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

    Probably the best volume of the Slott's run so far. While "Big Time" made for a great swift in the series, "Spider-Island" explores all its potential, with tons of mythical characters drawn into the plot, a huge menace (that actually feels menacing... you fear for the lifes of quite a few characters) and an awesome storytelling and art. The "Venom" issues where particulary engaging and emotional, as well as Pete's relationship with Kaine and MJ, but everything's actually great. Highly recommended Probably the best volume of the Slott's run so far. While "Big Time" made for a great swift in the series, "Spider-Island" explores all its potential, with tons of mythical characters drawn into the plot, a huge menace (that actually feels menacing... you fear for the lifes of quite a few characters) and an awesome storytelling and art. The "Venom" issues where particulary engaging and emotional, as well as Pete's relationship with Kaine and MJ, but everything's actually great. Highly recommended... but, of course, it's better to read at least "Big Time" prior to delving into this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Saravanan Mani

    What a fantastic ode to Peter Parker. It really shows how good a character he is - not because he is the strongest or the most skilled in any one aspect. But because he is someone who makes the great sacrifice required to be Spider-Man. The venom portions were a nice touch. Did not like how MJ was drawn, but her characterization was enjoyable. Damsel in Distress no more! I really loved the way all the tiny threads were brought together. The Big Bad was a bit of a letdown. Overall a fun event.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jin

    This is an example of fun and action packed comic book event. Dan Slott really did sensationalized Spider-Man/Peter Parker with his many great writing ideas during his run which includes this. The story is concise and easy to follow New Yorkers were turned into Spider-manlike beings with a twist. This explores the idea what makes the real Spider-Man/Peter Parker stand out from among others if all other were already like him.

  29. 4 out of 5

    BrandonAtRandom

    Highly enjoyable. Interesting story from the get-go. I haven’t even close to kept up on the Spidey canon, but I didn’t feel lost or confused by any inclusion of characters. It honestly just made me want to find more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JJ

    This is an ambitious story filled with dozens of amazing and fun ideas. Lots of characters, lots of action, and high-stakes consequences, along with splashes of humor and dynamic artwork, make this a fun read.

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